Had Me Smiling From Ear to Ear
5 out of 5 stars
Late To The Party was one of those books that is a slow-motion smile throughout. Sure, there are awkward teenage moments sprinkled throughout, but the whole book was a smile. Even during the harder moments you know that the characters are growing and learning and it really makes this an enjoyable YA story.
The story, as the title and synopsis suggests is about someone who is a bit late to the party (aka a late bloomer or a wallflower). Codi Teller is trying to have a summer unlike any other but that’s only because her closest friends don’t think she’s ever going to change. They assume she’s going to always be this quiet and artistic girl who doesn’t like parties and will never make new friends. But, Codi also wants to prove to herself that she’s more than that.
The stories within, the new friendships, the early stages or dating and love were all very realistic feeling. Codi’s growth and change felt real and even her reasoning for it (or for not growing) felt realistic. Her friends (both new and old) were more accepting than some of the friends I had when I was Codi’s age, but I have a feeling that’s what is normal now. A lot of the stuff that was out there when I was younger is starting to become the social norm now and it was nice to read a book without relentless teenage bullying (though I know that still exists).
No surprise, Piper Goodeve absolutely crushes the narration of this. I believed that she was Codi – and her becoming Codi really helped turn this story from really good to great. Her narration really added legs to an already good story.
Overall, Late To The Party was a really enjoyable story that had me smiling from ear to ear throughout. It had that teen romantic comedy vibe to it without feeling too cheesy.
From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a real teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere.
Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined.
She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world.
So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren’t for kids like them. They’re for cool kids. Straight kids.
But then, Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia. The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it.
A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
Narrator: Piper Goodeve
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
Published by Macmillan Audio on April 21st 2020
Genres: Romance, YA
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